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Oracle Now Avoiding Big Acquisitions

Analysts say the firm is looking to fill gaps with small buys

Oracle's growth-by-acquisition strategy has slowed markedly this year, and analysts say the firm is concentrating instead on integrating Sun Microsystems products and personnel into the company and finishing work on the long-awaited Fusion Applications .

So far this year, the company's acquisitions have been limited to picking up some intellectual property assets in February from privately held Ndevr, a maker of environmental reporting and analytics software, and acquiring U.K.-based Datanomic, a small, venture-funded data-quality vendor, in April.

Sale prices were not disclosed in either deal, suggesting that neither is material to Oracle's bottom line.

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